Software updates to Apple’s mobile operating system typically used to get rolled out within a few weeks following the public launch of a major iOS release.

But as Apple transitions to a more aggressive release schedule on the OS X side – the firm switched from an 18-month cycle to annual OS X refreshes – Apple’s engineers are taking their time dealing with the initial complaints, bugs and issues that have been plaguing iOS 7 users since September 2013.

The latest chatter by credible publications coupled with reliable information coming from my own sources points to a public release of iOS 7.1 in March…

For starters, BGR earlier in the week learned from its sources that Apple probably won’t release another iOS 7.1 beta for download, serving as an indication that the company is gearing up to release iOS 7.1 for public consumption in the coming weeks

“One of our sources pegs the release happening in early March, though that does seem far away for us,” reads the BGR article. Other blogs like 9to5Mac have corroborated BGR’s information.

My own reliable source at T-Mobile was able to confirm BGR’s March claim. Another source familiar with Apple’s iOS engineering said the company might opt to release one more beta later this month.

Of course, any public release of iOS 7.1 would have to be preceded by a Gold Master build – that is, a final version of the software ready for release to manufacturing. In most cases, a Gold Master build is exactly the same as a final public version in terms of the code and the features.

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iOS 7.1 mainly focuses on fixing a number of performance issues and unexpected crashes stemming from bugs and low memory problems. Crashing is especially evident on 64-bit A7 devices like the iPhone 5s and iPad Air because when iOS 7 is executing on a 64-bit device, it includes separate 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the system frameworks, adding up to memory consumption overhead.

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In addition to under-the-hood optimizations, iOS 7.1 will include some minor user interface changes and other user-facing improvements, including revamped Caps Lock and Shift keys, a new slide-to-unlock and slide-to-power-off animation, a reworked Phone dialer UI, new male and female Siri voices in the UK, Australia and other countries and a bunch of other more or less substantial improvements.

Are you looking forward to iOS 7.1 and why?

  • I’m avoiding iOS 7.1 for my own devices, since it kills the jailbreak.

    • pauleebe

      Agreed, and for what new features? I’ll avoid anymore updates until iOS 8 at this point. Already almost halfway to new hardware anyways.

      • Ted Forbes

        New hardware is time red to release with ios7+ and not 8

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      for iphones im gonna stay on 7.0.4, but ipads are close to unusable atm

      • onebyone_

        me too, my iPad are close to death of poor performance

      • Ted Forbes

        IPad2 is very fluid and flashy no problem here.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Second that. For one thing the rotation bug that randomly happens is extremely annoying:

      • onebyone_

        wow! what is that dock (tweak)? looks great!
        anyway I don’t like when I close any app with four fingers, the effect when I close it is to weird for me instead iOS6 was great and more smooth

      • Dani Hayes

        I think it is Springtomize.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        The dock is part of the Ayecon theme…

        EDIT: To get 10 icons and get the coverflow effect I use Springtomize 3.

    • BozzyB

      Alot of votes.. Then why you use an iphone when you even can’t live without a hundret additional features without jailbreaking which are not provided nor allowed by the OS? Wouldn’t a phone fit to you where you can decide what feature you want right from stock rom?

  • Justin

    I’m willing to give up the jailbreak, and go back to the way Apple intended my device to be. I also want more stability PLEASE.

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Funny stuff. My jailbroken 5s runs like a freakin clock. Wtf are u talking about?



      • Dani Hayes

        I have few resprings caused by iCaughtU Pro and touch id. Other than that it works great jailbroken.

      • What’s with the caps lock?

      • rockdude094

        My 5s runs faster after the Jailbreak especially when you speed up all the animations. It’s a lot better now and I have absolute control over my device.

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      then why did you jailbreak your device in the first place?….

    • diggitydang

      Until you realize that “Damn, I STILL get random reboots/resprings!!” and have to wait until 7.1.1 that HOPEFULLY fixes it AGAIN… I’d recommend waiting to see the success of 7.1 on fixing the issues that you have before giving up your jailbreak… it’s a one way road out of town (for now anyway)!

    • Ted Forbes

      Okay, gl2u



      • Justin

        I have the beta and a 7.0.4 JB device. Something I didn’t mention is that their iPads, which iOS 7 is pretty unstable on. You wouldn’t believe it, but iOS 7.1 is 500000x better than the 7.0.4+JB! Personal preference.

      • Sgt. Faggot

        Quiet, drone.

      • Justin

        Um… Is that supposed to be an insult? I am hardly a drone. I actually use my developer account for more than the betas! I am a real iOS and Mac developer. The only thing that I said is that I have a personal preference that iOS 7.1 is far better than a jailbroken 7.0.4 device.

      • Sgt. Faggot

        Quiet, drone.

    • iOS for life

      You can always restore.

  • jack

    Just hurry up currently there are so many bugs

  • Newgunnerr

    To answer your question: No. I love my jailbreak.

  • Jason Baroni

    iOS 7 is still buggy, but heaven can wait until iOS 8. I think the 7 has been doing great and we all know that Apple is gonna kill the worst bugs on 7.1.

  • TwinSon

    I will not be upgrading my phone (5S) or the firmware (7.0.3) until iOS 8 is jailbroken. I see no reason to give up my jailbreak.

    • diggitydang

      Reason is the random reboots/resprings right when I need my camera, or get an important email…

      But you’re right, still not worth the jailbreak!! hahahaha… it’s still an annoyance though.

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Have never experienced any of what u describe. Ever.

      • diggitydang

        I think it may have been BiteSMS causing crashes for me. I’ve uninstalled it (paid for the no-ad version too!) in place of Couria. So far, so good… We’ll see if it remains that way as I was crashing about 4-5 times a day. Haven’t had anything since uninstalling it two days ago.

      • Dr. Joseph S. Curcio

        I will keep my iPhone 5s 7.0.4, jail broken and wait for the next jailbreak on iOS 8. I am also looking forward to the new iPhone 6 and it’s JB.
        I am also on watch for what the android market may bring out as this last ios 7 and the JB has been messy and not the clean fast device I want.

      • Dani Hayes

        Might be a tweak causing the reboots/resprings.

      • diggitydang

        Yeah, I think it might have been BiteSMS. Had a full paid version too… I’ve uninstalled it, in place of Couria and so far, so good.

  • siddique

    all plan is that “they want to kill jailbreak…”

    jailbreak for life <3

  • Can’t wait to see iOS 7.1 squash the nastiest bugs and introduce some new ones 🙂

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Ha, yup.

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    My 5s had crashed only twice before jail breaking and it still barely crashes, except for the couria update. IPad air hasn’t crashed yet. Maybe I’m lucky

  • filter351

    There will always be bugs in the programming. Therefore I will stay and enjoy my jailbreak tweaks while I can.

    • Jason Baroni

      Just to warm up, these bugs from iOS are not the same big deal as bugs for other plataforms. Other guys do suffer more

      • filter351

        Yes, I agree. I used to have an android, switch to iPhone and never looked back.

      • diggitydang

        This is true… every time my iDevice reboots, I remember that the few times I tried Android, this happened just as often!

  • Eni

    Are they fixed the status bar problem when yo are i multiasking in the betas yet? (i think all know about this bug, its anoying form me. when you are inside an app and you want to close it so you pres 2 times home button for multiasking, when you close the app the status bar shows, and when close multiasking the status bar that shows in multiasking and tha status bar of the home page get together and thats not beautiful, i just hated. but in the other hand when you are in home scrren and open multiasking it doesent hapen the same thing, the status bar stays clean. so that bug happens only when open multiasking from an app) sorry for my english guys 🙂

    • diggitydang

      It hurt to read your comment… hahahaha… but check out statusbarfix2 and search iDB for “status bar fix”… they did a couple of articles recently on how to fix status bar issues with the recent jailbreak… if that is indeed what you are talking about… hahaha…

      • Eni

        Sorry man but you dont have to judge, i bet that you dont know even a word in my language. anyway i was not talking about that, i was talking about a ios bug not a evasion bug. thanks for replaying 🙂

  • omrishtam

    i still didnt see amazing new features..they are probably going to introduce them on GM…as it seems curently, ios 7.1 is just a bug fix update which seems kinda odd to apple

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Lol. Sorry.

    • Juan Herrera

      I doubt there will be.. its still iOS 7. I doubt you’ll see any major changes until iOS 8.. Most of the changes in 7.1 will probably be for stability and maybe a few small cosmetic changes.

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Ha, ya, we haven’t seen practically any changes worth mentioning to ios in 7 yrs.

  • J™

    Y’all jailbreakers said it!
    the answer is NO!

  • abdullah575

    i think it will realse after 2 or 3 weeks will be available!! not march to far !! toaday is 7th feb

  • Nate Smith

    Really hoping the update comes after march. I won’t upgrade to the 5s until late February/ early March and I’d really like to jailbreak, once 7.1 ships all compatible devices will come with it and I’ll have no chance to use evasi0n until it’s updated. And it’s possible that won’t be for a while.

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      I believe we’ve seen the final ios 7 JB. I’d get ur 5s ASAP and jb tht mthrfckr. Ftw

    • diggitydang

      You might get a device that isn’t updated to 7.1 yet… it’ll ask you to update, and you can say no…

  • Only because of the speed…

  • Jason Baroni

    This may be huge for some people with the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. I have seen some speed upgrades since the first beta. I think it’s definitely a plus for Apple if they are working for stability on those devices.

  • Jonathan

    No. Not until there’s a jailbreak, even though there probably won’t be.

  • abdullah575

    their is a bug/Glith their is no 29 th Feb ???!!!!

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Its not a leap year this year so thats correct.

    • diggitydang

      hahaha… there isn’t a 30th or 31st either!!! hahahaha… it’s not a leap year dude…

  • Sandeep Roy

    Seriously hope, it works well on iPhone 4 – otherwise they should make 4S as the base model for iOS7

  • solidsephiroth

    I’ll wait for the jailbreak

  • Martynet

    I really like iOS7 and if I decide to update my jailbroken iPhone 5S 7.0.5, do you know what I’ll miss the most? Winterboard with soft remix theme and the tweak which can make the apps icons a bit smaller. Check out my screenshot below. Apple introduced some tweaks in iOS7, related to UI – bolder fonts option and different sizes… Well I’m sure that implementing options of the apps icon size wouldn’t be much against the apple philosophy. If it’s only something like 85%-90%-95%-100%. That would be amazing.

    • Jason Baroni

      This is my favorite theme, specially because I love this “music” icon!

    • TwinSon

      I swear being able to adjust icon size is one of the greatest tweaks ever invented. And Soft Remix is an awesome them, I switch between this one, Aura, and Elite 7. Stock iOS 7 is ugly.

    • chjapa

      What tweak are you using to get that sweet stormtrooper icon???

      • Martynet

        Tweak called Zeppelin. And the icon was part of stock package or some other package in cydia

  • Sokrates

    This sounds pretty unexciting.

  • onebyone_

    may be I’ll update my iPad 2, poor perfomance and many bugs and crashes since I installed iOS7.
    but, still with Jailbreak on my iPh5.

  • I just decided today to scrap my idea to get a new CPU and am going to trade my iPad 4 in for a iPad Air. I was hoping they wouldn’t release iOS 7.1 until my tax return arrives because I must have it jailbroken!

    • Arjan Vlek

      My iPad 4 performs fine on iOS 7, why should you upgrade to air?

  • JulianZH

    7.1 doesn’t seem like much of improvement. Will wait until iphone 6

  • Zod

    will I be able to downgrade if I save shsh

    I have an iPhone 4

    • Arjan Vlek

      Yes. IPhone 4 ONLY

  • Manuel Molina

    7.1 sounds pointless if you have a jailbreak, but of course, stupid people will update and bitch that there’s no jail break being worked on for 7.1.

  • the obvious answer would be to steer clear of iOS 7.1, however the number of bugs fixed and performance enhancements that will come with it are enticing, especially for those with a 5s like me. it’s a tough call on whether to forgo your JB or not when weighing the two rationally, but I’m hoping the evad3rs have something up their sleeve to JB 7.1. I don’t see iOS 8 in the fall as being such a significant update to iOS 7 unless they implement something like Intelliscreen into it.

  • Matt

    It’s not tempting enough so that I would give up my PRECIOUS jailbreak.

  • My Retina iPad Mini is going to stay on iOS 7.0.4, as I am not experiencing any crashing/performance or battery-life problems.
    Plus, I don’t want to lose my jailbreak and I totally dislike those redesigned buttons etc.

  • Ted Forbes

    5 devices all jailbreak and not a single issue, some tweaks yes but I uninstalled and all is stable.

  • Jay Burgandy

    When Jailbreak came out, I drop my laggy samsung and bought a IP5S, The Jailbreak tweaks or whatever never slow or lag your device.. battery also remain the same state.. very great tweaks..

    And the great part is the you can still get the paid tweaks for free!.. you can get a tweak to get any games of app on in-app purchase coins or gems for FREE!!..

    I mean andriod you gotta look for a apk site download the OBB file.. and still game still lag and force close..

    I think im going to be a great APPLE FAN!..

    • Nino

      Downvoted for piracy…please stay on Android if that’s your goal.



    • Marcus

      Three Things:
      1) What the hell is wrong with your username?
      2) Why are you talking in caps, what does that do for you?
      3) Who wouldn’t be happy with their jailbreak?

    • VITICO

      LOL…funny ass name kid!!

  • Leo Saint

    I’m good with my iOS 7ailbreak

  • Mohamed Hassabo

    The only feature I like about iOS 7.1 is the faster animations. But I have HiddenSettings7 which has a feature of changing animations speed. So im not updating.

  • My iPhone 5 is about to be sold, my iPhone 5s is currently running the newest iOS 7.1 beta, and my iPad 3 is stunningly fast on the iOS 7.1 beta 3, while being jailbroken. So that being said, my iPad is going to be the only device to remain jailbroken, and damn I gotta be careful with what I install.

    • Arjan Vlek

      Dont forget to remove the beta expiracy date on the iPad 🙂

  • leart

    Nah, i am not going to upgrade, i am not giving up my jailbreak 😉

  • ElNad

    I will keep my iPad Air on 7.0.4 as long as I can. I couldn’t be able to go back to stock iOS. If Apple force me someday, I will switch to a Nexus 10 if Big G ever update it. My rooted Nexus 4 easily replaced my iPhone so I’m maybe on my last Apple product. Apple will have the final word, but I’m not a fanboy so I don’t care what product I buy. I will use the one that let me use a freaking ad blocker on it. That’s my first rule.

  • 3l Principe

    I would just want the fix for the random repsring. Im hit bad..

  • Steve

    My iPad 3 is totally ready!

  • Arjan Vlek

    On the iphone 4, Ios 7 can always be jailbroken tethered and you can save your shsh blobs using ifaith so you can always downgrade to iOS 6.1.3

  • Kash Gummaraju

    wow did Apple really make an OS that can’t properly work with the hardware of its devices?

  • Jerry


  • blastingbigairs

    Only if Evasion 7.1 is ready.

  • HamptonWalley

    I hope it will run faster on iPhone 4 and won’t consume so much power.

  • nodeveloper

    Would be fantastic if someone wants to make my idevice a developer too

  • asaad alhariri

    you can jailbreak ios 7.1 from evasi0n 7 version 1.0.2